4/7/2006 Houston -- Houston’s famous Art Cars will rev up the audience, and an orchestra of volunteers will drive home an epic musical homage to the atomic age. The University of Houston’s upcoming evening of contemporary works by composer Stephen Montague will definitely be one to remember.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH presents guest artist Montague teaming with the University’s Moores School of Music and Dance Program for a unique concert on Friday, April 7. At 7 p.m. in UH’s Arts Quadrangle, the music begins with a performance of Montague’s “Horn Concerto for an Orchestra of Automobiles.” This portion of the evening is presented in collaboration with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art and will feature a dazzling selection of Houston’s Art Cars, as well as celebrity guest soloists, The Art Guys. This piece is performed entirely on car horns, and the public is encouraged to arrive early and gather in the courtyard.

At 7:30 p.m., the music moves into the Moores Opera House for “Dark Sun,” a concert featuring selections of Montague’s repertoire performed by UH’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Dance Program, Percussion Ensemble and an assembly of musicians of all skill levels. This amateur orchestra will factor heavily into the concert’s title composition, which is a memoriam to those affected by the atomic blast in the city of Hiroshima.

“The community can not only see the interaction of the arts on stage, but during this event, they’ll also be able to participate,” said Rob Smith, director of AURA. The outdoor performance of “Horn Concerto” is free. Tickets for “Dark Sun” are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. For ticket reservations, call 713-743-3313.

WHAT: “Horn Concerto”/ “Dark Sun”

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, April 7

WHERE: Fine Arts Quadrangle/Moores Opera House
             University of Houston – Entrance 16
             Houston, TX 77204

WHO: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre